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Must Have Balance… Tai Chi Has Benefits for Seniors

Posted: 11/25/2014 12:00 AM by Interim HealthCare

Tai Chi encourages slow, fluid body motions that have been shown to reduce stress and anxiety, enhance self-confidence, and elevate overall well-being. Tai Chi is a low-impact, self-paced exercise allowing for minimal strain on muscles and joints.

Staying Active After Knee Surgery

Posted: 11/8/2014 12:00 AM by Interim HealthCare

A recent study in the journal Arthritis Care & Research found that knee replacement surgery is closely tied to weight gain because many patients are not taking advantage of their improved function and continue to live sedentary lifestyles.

Improve Your Heart Health With A Mediterranean Diet.

Posted: 10/18/2014 12:00 AM by Interim HealthCare

A Mediterranean diet rich in olive oil, nuts, fish, beans, fruits, vegetables and even wine has been shown in multiple studies to reduce the risks of heart disease.

Seniors & Flu Season

Posted: 10/6/2014 8:47 AM by Interim HealthCare

Flu season will soon be upon us. It generally peaks from November to April. Now is the time for people, especially seniors, to consider getting a flu shot. The best time of year to get one is October or November. This will help prevent contracting the serious illness when flu season arrives.

Senior Care – Tips for Improving Dental Health

Posted: 9/22/2014 12:00 AM by Interim HealthCare

As a person reaches their senior years, taking care of their aging teeth may become a daily challenge. Many older adults experience the loss of their natural teeth simply for the reason that they had lost the ability to take care of them properly.

Elder Care: 5 Therapeutic Activities Your Loved One Can Enjoy!

Posted: 9/6/2014 12:00 AM by Interim HealthCare

Making sure that your elderly loved one stays active, even in their later years, is the best way for them to maintain their health. Rather than sitting around alone all day long, exercise ensures that your loved one is getting out of the house, meeting new people, and keeping their body and minds as sharp as possible. Here are 5 activities that your elderly loved one will enjoy that will also k...

Could you save the life of someone choking?

Posted: 8/22/2014 12:00 AM by Interim HealthCare

Invented in 1974 with a team of Hospital researchers, Dr. Henry Heimlich claims the procedure and its abdominal thrusts -- into the stomach above the navel and up against the diaphragm to force air from the lungs and remove obstructions -- have saved the lives of 100,000 potential choking victims.

Considering Hospice Care

Posted: 8/8/2014 12:00 AM by Interim HealthCare

Many family caregivers struggle with when to begin talking about hospice care for their loved one. But should it be introduced even sooner? A new study conducted at Brown University's Warren Alpert Medical School, in Providence, R.I., has found that caregivers may be waiting too late. The research found that during the last month of a person's life almost one in three spent some time in the int...

Caring for Our Veterans

Posted: 7/26/2014 12:00 AM by Interim HealthCare

According to the National Center for Veterans Analysis and Statistics, more than half of U.S. veterans are 60 or older. Around 45 percent are 65 and older, numbers which the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) believe will continue until 2035.

Caregiver Stress is Real- Home Care Can Help

Posted: 7/15/2014 9:37 AM by Interim HealthCare

Most people step into the role of a family caregiver without thinking about how hard it could be, or that they could end up creating more problems with their relationships, both with the person they are caring for and the other people around them.

Can Sleeping Well Reduce Your Risk For Alzheimer's Disease?

Posted: 6/26/2014 12:00 AM by Interim HealthCare

Recently, Researchers at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health released a study on a possible connection between lack of sleep and Alzheimer's disease. The study shows that those who get less sleep or who don’t sleep well, are more likely to have abnormal brain images – an early signal of the neurological issue.

Caregiver Burnout, Can it Be Avoided?

Posted: 6/10/2014 12:00 AM by Interim HealthCare

Many caregivers tell us how hard it is to see their parents or grandparents battle an illness and begin to decline. Family members often think that they have to take care of everything by themselves.

Senior Care News – The Benefits of Music Therapy

Posted: 5/28/2014 12:00 AM by Interim HealthCare

Our bodies have a physiological response to music, that is why qualified therapists can use it to help patients relax or to stimulate those in a coma. Music Therapy can increase breathing rates, increase heart rates, help with coordination and movement and much more.

Elder Care Tips- NEVER Ignore These Symptoms

Posted: 5/12/2014 10:20 AM by Interim HealthCare

When it comes to your health, your body is the best indicator and if you know what to look for can help you address symptoms that many people ignore and contribute to a much lesser problem. The following is a list of symptoms that could be major issues, if you experience them, please seek medical care immediately.

Why Choose Home Care? Weighing Your Options

Posted: 4/25/2014 10:43 AM by Interim HealthCare

One of the toughest decisions facing families today is how to care for our aging loved ones who need additional care. The traditional route of placing elders into a nursing home, while it has some merits, is very expensive. Additionally, almost every study on the subject shows that given the choice, seniors overwhelmingly say that they would prefer to remain in their own homes. Assisted living ...

Surgical Recovery Tips - How Home Care Can Help

Posted: 4/25/2014 10:41 AM by Interim HealthCare

Contrary to what you might think, recovery from surgery begins long before you even leave the hospital. It starts in your doctor's office before your procedure and involves you asking a lot of questions. However trivial they may seem, you should ask your surgeon every question you can think of prior to your operation. These can include plans for pain management, bathing instructions, how long y...

Yoga Can Improve Cardio Vascular Health

Posted: 3/21/2014 12:00 AM by Interim HealthCare

Practiced by people in India for centuries, Yoga has been shown to improve circulation, make muscles more sensitive to insulin and maintain blood sugar levels. Additionally, proponents of Yoga say that it helps them to clear their mind and reduce stress. Since Yoga and relaxation can be tied to lowering blood pressure and anxiety, two of the biggest risk factors in heart disease, medical expert...

Increased Lighting at Home Can Improve Your Vision

Posted: 3/7/2014 12:00 AM by Interim HealthCare

A recent study looking at the vision of seniors found that nearly 40% of patients tested saw better when they were tested at an ophthalmologist’s office than they did when they were tested in their own homes. According to Dr. Anjali Bhorade, an associate professor of ophthalmology at the Washington University School of Medicine, in St. Louis, "poor lighting in the home was the most significant...

February is American Heart Health Month

Posted: 2/21/2014 12:00 AM by Interim HealthCare

There are a number of ways for senior care providers to help the elderly reduce their risk of a stroke. Controlling blood pressure is by far the most effective preventative measure, according to Mayo Clinic. Managing medication properly and encouraging physical activity can also make a big difference.

Energize Your Day - Four Healthy Breakfast Foods

Posted: 2/7/2014 12:00 AM by Interim HealthCare

We've all heard the expression "breakfast is the most important meal of the day". According to nutritionists worldwide, starting your day with a healthy, balanced meal boosts your metabolism, maintains your energy level throughout the day and reduces cravings for those "not so good for us" snacks. Research has shown that breakfast foods that are higher in sugar and carbs will cause you to be hu...

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